Bad Bunny is a hip-hop/raggaeton artist from Puerto Rico. He became professionally active in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of the premier Latin American artists in the world. In fact he blew up so quickly that he once had to momentarily withdraw from the spotlight in order to let the new reality of his life set in.
His big break came in 2018 when he collaborated on a track alongside Cardi B and J Balvin entitled “I Like It“. Said song topped the Billboard Hot 100, went octuple-platinum in the States and won a number of industry awards, including a MTV VMA .
Later that same year he dropped another banger, “Mia” featuring Drake. It also proved widely-successful, even going 36-times platinum in the United States in terms of the RIAA Latin’s standards.
Bunny also began dropping albums in 2018 and in that regard has been increasingly successful. For instance his first effort, “X 100pre”, reached number 11 on the Billboard 200. But his third album, “YHLQMDLG”, peaked as high as number two. Meanwhile all of his first three albums, including 2019’s”Oasis” (in conjunction with J Balvin), managed to topped Billboard’s Top Latin Albums’ chart.
Bad Bunny’s Childhood and Parents
He was born Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio on the 10th of March, 1994. He is the son of Lysaurie Ocasio, a former teacher and Tito Martinez, a former truck driver. Bunny is the eldest child of his parents. He grew up with two younger brothers, Bysael and Bernie. According to Bunny, he was raised in a very happy home, and he never got involved in the streets since he liked being home with his family.
In addition to music, his teenage interests were professional wrestling and skateboarding both of which have inspired his unique fashion sense. He has loved music since childhood. He sang in the church choir until he was 13 years old. He also attended numerous church weekly programs with his mother during this time.
After leaving the choir, he became more interested in rap music after listening to musicians like Daddy Yankee and Hector Lavoe on the radio. He began writing his raps and in a middle school talent event. He gave his first solo performance, a rendition of Juanes’ song “Mala Gente.”
His Stage Name
His stage name was inspired by a childhood experience where he was forced to wear a rabbit costume to school and was photographed with an angry face. He was teased by his friends and they called him “Conejo Malo” which means “Bad Bunny” in English.
Bad Bunny’s Romantic Relationships
He has been romantically involved with Gabriela Berlingeri, a model and a jewelry designer from San Juan. The pair first met at a restaurant in Puerto Rico in 2017. They liked each other from the moment they met, and they began dating soon after. However, Bad Bunny kept the relationship private and a secret from his fans and public until 2020, when he publicly acknowledged their relationship in an interview he granted.
He stated that he loves and trusts Gabriela very much and that she has helped him solve many emotional issues he had, and is very happy with her. Gabriela provided scratch vocals for Jennifer Lopez when she was featured on Bunny’s 2018 hit song, “Te Guste”.
In May 2020, Gabriela photographed Bunny for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, making her the first Latina to shoot the cover for the magazine.
Notable Bad Bunny Tracks
- “La Dificil“
- “6 Rings“
- “La Santa“
- “Si Veo a Tu Mama“
- “Te Guste”
According to Bunny, it was his mother’s dream for him to become an engineer, while his father wanted him to become a baseball player. However, he chose to enroll at the University of Puerto Rico, to study audiovisual communication.
He dropped out of the university later and decided to pursue his music career fully.
His music career has seen incredible success, attracting many fans and loved ones. However, he has stated that he prefers a peaceful and quiet life and that he quickly leaves a concert after his performance to avoid the crowd.
When he first shot to fame, he quit social media for some time. According to him, this was because he was overwhelmed by the attention on his pages and the quick ascent to prominence he got.